Another week, another trip to the library. Working on nap time beast mode, so here’s the best of what we grabbed this week, lickety split:
- The River Cottage Bread Handbook – I grabbed this on a whim off a display, basically because it’s a bread book I haven’t taken out from the library yet. But I was pleasantly surprised because there were a lot of recipes in there for sourdough without added commercial yeast! (This is really kind of hard to find in cookbooks! And yes! I’m a dork and very few people would be excited about that.) Anyway, after flipping through, I think this would be a great one for inspiration, and I’m going to try some of the sourdough recipes the lack of weight measures (only volume measures) and even amounts like “a ladleful of sourdough starter” kind of trouble me. For a beginner who doesn’t know how a dough is supposed to feel and isn’t as able to make adjustments, it would make it hard to have such imprecise measurements. But I’ll report back after I try a few recipe and give you guys an update.
- Julia, Child – I wasn’t sure about this one, since I kind of suspected it might be one I enjoy more than the kiddos, but I was wrong. My kids love it and have asked to read it several child. It’s a fun, sweet little story about a a girl named Julia and her friend Simca, who work to create recipes that bring back the joy and fun to grown-ups. Pretty adorable, no?
- Could a Penguin Ride a Bike? – Joey picked this one out and we are all loving it. It’s silly, but incorporates fun facts about penguins by asking what would happen if they were put in every day human situations. Lots of giggles, lots of fun, but some good learning happening, too. We’ll be checking out a few others in the series next time, for sure!
- Puzzles! – Yep, I threw a non-book thing in there! Tricky, huh? We LOVE getting puzzles from the library. The thing about puzzles is, once you’ve done them a few times, you’re kind of over it. So that’s why it makes so much more sense to borrow them from the library rather than buy them. We take out a few puzzles every week to work on a few times before we swap them out for different ones. Dinos were obviously a big hit.
- The Big Book of Slumber – My kids were strangely enamored of this book. Usually, anything that’s too obvious about trying to get them ready for sleep is quickly dismissed. But this one was really lovely. It reads like a poem, with beautiful illustrations and just the right amount of silly. I could see this standing in for your usual bedtime classics, and being a nice change of pace. I’m tempted to go ahead and buy this one. Maybe a Christmas present for somebody? I’m also definitely keeping this on the list of books to give people at baby showers.
Ok, that’s it for me this week. What did you find? Anything good? Leave a comment with your suggestions, or if you’re up for it, link up below. Just write a blog post sharing some of your library finds this week, make sure you link back to this post within your post (so your readers can check out everyone else’s finds!), and then link your post below. Easy peasy! Hope you’ll join us!